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Go Fly With Them!
Member Name: Larrabee
Advantages: On time, comfortable, convenient.
I've flown with Thomson Airways a few times now, both as part of package holidays and as flight only, and I feel that the sum of my experiences with them are now enough to write an informed review! I can truly say that I've only ever had positive experiences with Thomson Airways and they would always be my first choice for short haul flights around Europe.
The best thing about Thomson is that they somehow seem to be immune to delays. I don't really know how they manage it but they hardly ever seem to suffer from the long delays that other airlines do, I don't think I've ever been delayed by more than about 20 minutes for a Thomson flight. I realise there are no guarantees that this will always be the case but it does make me feel more confident knowing that they've always been on time in the past.
The online booking process is quick and easy, and there's a fairly new feature that allows you to take your hold luggage to the airport the day before your flight to avoid queues and to make the airport process quicker on the day of travel. If you live a substantial distance from the airport obviously that's not much use, but if like me you're only a short drive away its really very convenient and makes things easier on the day of the actual flight to know that your bulky luggage is already dealt with and you only have to worry about your hand luggage and your passport! Speaking of luggage, while other airlines seem to be getting stingier with weight allowances Thomson still allows a pretty generous 20KG per person.
The planes are reasonably comfortable, of course none have as much legroom or space as we'd all like but sitting on a Thomson plane for a few hours is no real hardship for someone like myself who is slightly above average height. The staff are always friendly but not too intrusive and thankfully they aren't too pushy with trying to sell you snacks and toblerones and perfume, which I find really irritating on some airlines.
I would definitely recommend Thomson Airways as a more comfortable and less stressful alternative to the budget airlines such as Easyjet, Jet2 etc. The prices aren't even that much different most of the time and the benefits of going with Thomson more than make up for a small increase in price anyway.
Summary: Top airline for short haul around Europe.
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